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CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
COTTONWOOD CANYON
INYO NATIONAL FOREST
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
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Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Cottonwood Canyon Road
Cottonwood Canyon Road

Cottonwood Canyon Road
Cottonwood Canyon Road

Looking east towards Owens Lake
Looking east towards Owens Lake

Cottonwood Canyon Road is only a couple
miles in length. It winds up through rugged
canyons and ends at the Cottonwood Pass
Trailhead. There are a few primitive camping
areas along the road and at the Trailhead.

Creek near primitive campsite
Creek near primitive campsite

There is a great campsite about 1/4 mile
before the trailhead. There is a short, but
steep grade down the shoulder of the road.
The road to the camp had been damaged
by crazy 4x4 vehicles making deep ruts.

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns
Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns
Hwy.395 south from Cottonwood Road

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns are just down
the road from Cottonwood Canyon. Very
interesting, but hard to get good photos
because the kilns are surrounded by chain
link fence.

ESTABLISHED CAMPGROUNDS:
INYO NATIONAL FOREST
These are campgrounds that charge a fee
See:
Inyo National Forest Information

Mono Lake South Tufa
Mono Lake South Tufa

Mono Lake South Tufa
Mono Lake South Tufa

Sierra Nevada Mountains
Sierra Nevada Mountains

Owens Valley
Owens Valley Viewpoint on Hwy.395
(Looking south towards Bishop)

Elk on Highway 395
Elk at Wildlife Viewing Area on Hwy.395
Between Big Pine and Independence, CA

BEAR FACTS
Sierra Nevada Mountains is bear country
and proper precautions must be taken.
Check with a Forest Ranger for details.

RATTLESNAKE FACTS
Rattlesnakes are common sights.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW
WHAT FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT
You need a CALIFORNIA FIRE PERMIT.
Fire permits available for free at the Ranger Station
Shovel and water required when dispersed camping.

DIRECTIONS:
From Lone Pine take Hwy.395 south
About 10 miles turn west on Cottonwood Rd.
(Cottonwood and Powerline Road)
About 1 1/2 mile to National Forest Boundary
About 4 miles to Cottonwood Pass Trailhead

ROAD CONDITIONS:
The road was paved, but the first two miles
have broken apart and very rough. Passenger
vehicles can make the journey.

Showers located in Big Pine.
Buy token at the Mobil Gas Station.
Cost $3.50 for 10 minutes.

Mural in Bishop
Mural located in Bishop, CA

Wireless Internet connections at several
locations in Bishop or Mommoth.

Best Grocery Store in Bishop, CA
is Manor Market on Hwy.168 west
of town. (At the Shell Gas Station)
Much cheaper and fresher produce
than the major food chains...

Also see: ALABAMA HILLS
Also see: BAKER CREEK
Also see:
BIG SPRINGS CAMPGROUND
Also see:
BLACK ROCK RESERVOIR
Also see:
BRECKENRIDGE
Also see:
BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST
Also see:
BUTTERMILK COUNTRY
Also see:
CHIMNEY PEAK
Also see:
CROWLEY LAKE
Also see:
DEADMAN CAMPGROUND
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY / SALINE
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY / WILDROSE
Also see:
GOVERNMENT WASH
Also see:
HARTLEY SPRINGS
Also see:
KIRCH FLAT CAMPGROUND
Also see:
LAKE ISABELLA
Also see:
MONO HOT SPRINGS
Also see:
PINE CREEK
Also see:
PV PIT CAMPGROUND
Also see:
SEQUOIA NF / HWY 190
Also see:
SHERMAN PASS ROAD
Also see:
TRONA PINNACLES
Also see:
WAGON WHEEL
Also see:
WALKER PASS

This is a scenic area with crazy landscapes.
From the Mono Lake Basin... Yosemite
National Park, Death Valley National Park,
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, ect... from
Mount Whitney at 14,495' (The highest
mountain in the lower 48 states), to Badwater
Basin, the lowest point at 282' below sea level.
There are extremes everywhere.

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

Ellery Lake
Ellery Lake / Hwy.120 - Elevation 9538'

It is recommended to buy a National Parks Pass
Covers entrance fees to all National Parks and
most fees for National Forests and BLM Lands.
Valid one year from month of purchase.

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TOURIST PHOTOS

Chidago Canyon Petroglyphs
Chidago Canyon Petroglyphs

CHIDAGO CANYON PETROGLYPHS
About 20 miles north from Bishop, CA
Including Chidago Petroglyphs, Red Rock
Petroglyphs, Fish Slough Petroglyphs, and
Chalfant Petroglyphs.

Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

ARCHES OF ALABAMA HILLS
There are hundreds of natural arches and
windows throughout the Alabama Hills.
Located west from Lone Pine, CA

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Free campgrounds and camping
CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
INYO NATIONAL FOREST
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
COTTONWOOD CANYON.